Government owes state universities millions

The Zimbabwean government owes the country's state universities and colleges a total of US$64 million in unpaid cadetship grants, a development that has compromised service delivery at most institutions, a senior official has said, writes Daniel Nemukuyu for The Herald.

Briefing journalists in Harare last week, Higher and Tertiary Education Acting Minister Dr Ignatius Chombo said non-release of cadetship fees was a major problem affecting state institutions and was compromising the quality of education and service delivery. "The major challenge that state universities face is the non-release of cadetship funds. In 2012, only 10,000 students benefited from the cadetship scheme, while more than 40,000 failed to access these funds.

"All tertiary institutions are currently owed a total of US$64,420,220 in unpaid tuition fees that were supposed to have been paid under the cadetship scheme.” Chombo said an improvement in funding of colleges and universities would help to improve the pass rate.
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